H.M.A.S. Goorangai - H.M.A.T. Duntroon CollisionPrint Page
Memorial cross erected by the Naval Commemoration of Victoria for the twenty-four men of H.M.A.S Goorangai who drowned in a collision with H.M.A.S Duntroon in 1940.
At about 8.3Opm on 20 November 1940 HMAS Goorangai (223 tons), whilst steaming from Queenscliff to Portsea, was struck forward of the funnel by HMAT Duntroon (10,346 tons gross) which was leaving for Sydney loaded with troops. The Goorangai was cut in two and sank in less than a minute in the approaches to the South Channel.
Wartime security prevented the Duntroon from heaving to or switching on searchlights to look for survivors. However, the Duntroon did lower lifeboats, fire rockets, and sound three blasts on the whistle to alert the residents of Queenscliff. When the lifeboat Queenscliffe reached the scene of the disaster the crew found the minesweeper sunk in about 15 metres of water with only the tops of the masts visible. Despite an extensive search only six bodies were recovered.
|Address:||Hesse Street, Shortland`s Bluff, Queenscliff, 3225|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.273775|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||20-November-1940|
|Actual Event End Date:||20-November-1940|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||October, 1980|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||November-1980|
The first Australian naval loss during World War 2 occurred on 20th November 1940 when H.M.A.S. Goorangai whilst on passage from Queenscliff to Portsea was sunk as the result of a collission with H.M.A.T. Duntroon. There were no survivors.
This monument is in proud memory of those who served in H.M.A.S. Goorangai.
Fear God Honour the King Peter Ch 2 V 17 (Navy Motto) [Names]
They are the flowers of the sea. Erected by the Naval Commemoration Committee of Victoria. November 1980